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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 23, 2012 - True Crime - 326 pages
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Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand account is "a computer-age detective story, instantly fascinating [and] astonishingly gripping" (Smithsonian).

Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. The hacker's code name was "Hunter"—a mysterious invader who managed to break into U.S. computer systems and steal sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own: spying on the spy. It was a dangerous game of deception, broken codes, satellites, and missile bases—a one-man sting operation that finally gained the attention of the CIA . . . and ultimately trapped an international spy ring fueled by cash, cocaine, and the KGB.

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Cuckoos Egg

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I read this book decades ago and have bragged about it to friends over the years including last night. Am glad you have a reissue....I lent my copy to someone and never saw it again and dont remember which friend.Great unbelievable story but its true! Read full review

The cuckoo's egg: tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage

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Stoll is an astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory who became a computer security expert when his persistence in chasing a computer hacker in West Germany led to the crackdown of an ... Read full review

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Stoll, an MSNBC commentator, lecturer, and Berkeley astronomer.

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